Port Chester teen accepted to 13 top schools, including 5 Ivy Leagues

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A Port Chester teen is paving the way for her community, through hard work and dedication.

Jacinta Olonilua is at the top of her class and is about to embark on a new journey at one of the top schools in the world.

She was accepted into 13 schools, including five Ivy Leagues.

Olonilua credits her success to the support she's received from her family and community.

The 18-year-old daughter of Nigerian immigrants moved to America when she was 2 years old.

“The fact they dropped all that for us to come to America for my siblings and I to have a better life and educational experience really motivated me to make sure that sacrifice was not for anything,” she says.

When it came time for Olonilua to apply for college, her guidance counselor helped her aim high. 

“I think that thirst for learning, that work ethic dedication just jumped off the page,” says her guidance counselor Marta Sandoval.

And the acceptance letters came rolling in, including Columbia University and Yale University.

 Then she got the letter from the place she'll be attending this fall: Harvard.

“Harvard is a school I've been envisioning myself in since third grade and the fact I got in was an amazing feeling,” she says.

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